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Lobster Hits $20/Pound in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: The lobster fishing boat Wave Buster XVII steams out of Pubnico Harbour, bound for the fishing grounds. Kathy Johnson photo   A record-setting price of $20 a pound was being paid to lobster harvesters in southwestern Nova Scotia as March was winding down. “I’ve heard numbers above $19 before but hitting $20 is something new,” said Kris Vascotto, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “That’s a big number. The other LFAs (lobster fishing areas) ...

Southwest Nova Lobster Season Meandering Along

With an increased demand in China and a shore price that fishermen can live with, January was a little bit brighter than the opening month of the season for the Southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery, but there’s still lots of uncertainty what spring will bring. “I think things are coming along in January the way they normally come along in January,” said Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “The catches have slowed down. The weather has been okay for ...

Herring Quota Cuts in Line with Industry Recommendations

Other Stakeholders Worry That They Don’t Go Far Enough   A 33 per cent decrease in the total allowable catch (TAC) for the Southwest Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy Atlantic herring is close to what was being recommended by industry, but does not go deep enough to rebuild the stock, say others. The TAC for the 2022 fishing season was set at 23,450 tonnes, representing a 33 per cent decrease from last year’s TAC of 35,000 tonnes. “The Atlantic herring stock in Southwest Nova ...

Seeing Red Over Lobster Fishery Proposal

From all reports, the lobster season in this region is chugging along and is on par with last year. Speaking of last season, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 recorded landings of 27,395 tonnes, for an approximate landed value of $515 million. That total equates to a whopping 62 per cent of total Canadian landings of lobster. There is no doubt that these are exciting times for the lobster fishery in Southwest Nova ...

2018: The Sharper the Blast, the Sooner it Will Pass?

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us: American author Hal Borland. So good readers, were any lasting lessons learned in 2018 that will better the fishery of the future? What events transpired over the last 12 months that could impact the way the commercial fishery evolves in the years and decades to come? Perhaps the best analogy one could use to describe the fishing year that was is to compare it to the ...